Blatter wants TV referral system trial

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given his support to the introduction of a TV referral system in football and suggested a domestic league or the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand could host a trial run, the Guardian has reported.

Blatter’s proposal would give managers and Coaches the right to challenge a decision made by the referee, the Swiss citing the example of tennis for how the arrangement might work.

“The next step I will propose to the international board to try and bring this so-called ‘call’ that the Coaches or team managers have the right in the half, twice or once, to have a call to challenge a refereeing decision but only when the game has stopped,” he said.

“Then there must be a monitor by the television company, then the referee and coach look at it and the referee may then change his mind as is the case in tennis, for instance. I hope to bring it to the attention and hopefully we can find a league, semi-professional or professional, that will try to do it.

“It can only be done where there is television coverage of all the matches, or in one of FIFA’s competitions, a youth competition in FIFA, an Under-20 like next year we are in New Zealand so we could test such a ‘challenge calls’.”

The Guardian add that Blatter was previously opposed to the introduction of technology in football but reversed his position on goal-line technology, which was for the first time this summer used at the World Cup, with a different system employed in the Premier League.

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